With many great American talents on defence emerging isn't Ryan Whitney overlooked? He has excellent size and skating, he uses his reach effectively, is smart and calm. And boy, he can handle and pass the puck. I've seen him couple of times lately and he won me, he reminds me a little bit of Vladimir Malakhov (yes, I know, I know, but Malakhov in his prime was an excellent defenceman). There's your future #1 defenceman Pittsburgh fans and he may very well end as the best from E. and J. Johnsons and Ryan Suter. Great kid, an elegant player.